Fresh off another knockout win overseas, heavy hitter Paul Daley believes he will have a visa issue cleared up this year to pave his return to fight in the States under the Bellator MMA banner.

Daley (32-12-2 MMA, 1-0 BFC) this past weekend stopped Rodrigo Ribeiro with a second-round TKO at Dubai Fighting Championship 4's main event in United Arab Emirates. It was his second fight outside Bellator after visa issues put on hold his return from the United Kingdom to fight in the United States.

Daley debuted with Bellator in July 2012 as part of the promotion’s “Summer Series” with a first-round TKO of Rudy Bears. He was supposed to be part of the Season 8 welterweight tournament in a fight against War Machine that was voted on by Bellator fans. But a War Machine injury and Daley’s visa trouble nixed that.

But if all goes well, Daley believes he could even fight on the 2013 “Summer Series,” either on the July event or in August.

“Hopefully things are looking really good,” Daley on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “I’d love to go back to Bellator this year. I’m still under contract with them. I’d like to get in one of the ‘Summer Series’ cards and get the fight with War Machine – the fans voted for that fight, and it would be good to give them that fight. And then jump straight into the welterweight tournament (in the fall).”

Daley wouldn’t elaborate on the precise cause of the visa issue, which was reportedly due to his participation in a bar fight. Daley, however, in December released a statement saying that was not accurate.

“Some people have been going to America for 10 years, and then something crept up and they’re denied a visa – it’s along those lines,” Daley said on Tuesday. “It’s nothing that’s not going to be sorted out, and hopefully I’ll be back to Bellator this year.”

If the visa issue still sidelines him from a Bellator return, it won’t be ideal, of course. But Daley said he’ll remain active both in Europe and in the Middle East if he can’t get clearance to come to America to fight under his Bellator deal.

“If the visa’s going to be delayed, you’ll see me fighting more or less immediately – July, then again in September and maybe one more before the close of the year,” he said. “There are a lot of opportunities. Right now the ones that are more interesting to me are coming from the Middle East and Asia. The last two fights I have this year are more than likely going to be one of those regions (if I’m not in Bellator).”

For more on Bellator’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

MMAjunkie.com Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, MMAjunkie.com lead staff reporter John Morgan and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Bellator 170's Brennan Ward says he and Paul Daley are incapable of being boring

  • 2 days ago
  • 6 views

You can understand why welterweight Brennan Ward is excited to fight Paul Daley at Bellator 170, and why the rest of the MMA world should be excited for it, as well. Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bellator 170's Paul Daley says only nice things about Brennan Ward, but still plans to KO him

  • 8 hours ago
  • 7 views

LOS ANGELES – Opponents don’t always need to be enemies in MMA. That’s no more evident than in Saturday’s Bellator 170 co-main event showdown between Paul Daley and Brennan Ward.Filed under: Bellator read news >>

The best barbs from Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen at the Bellator 170 press conference

  • 7 hours ago
  • 29 views

LOS ANGELES – Chael Sonnen brought his best material to heckle Tito Ortiz in advance of Bellator 170. Ortiz even helped him out with some material. Filed under: Bellator, Featured, Featured Videos, N read news >>

Bellator 170's Brennan Ward: 'I don't really think too much into this (expletive). It's just a sport'

  • 4 hours ago
  • 6 views

LOS ANGELES – Don’t ask welterweight Brennan Ward about the greater meaning of his fight against Paul Daley at Bellator 170.Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos read news >>

'Rare talent' Jack May wants to show he's the 'complete package' at Bellator 170

  • a day ago
  • 12 views

Jack May said he has a lot to offer as a heavyweight fighter. He intends to show as much when he makes his Bellator debut on Saturday at Bellator 170.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Derek Anderson and Derek Campos look to break through lightweight contender ceiling at Bellator 170

  • a day ago
  • 3 views

Derek Anderson and Derek Campos are both surprised it took so long for them to cross paths inside the Bellator cage.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bellator 170's Georgi Karakhanyan motivated to face 'kid with a lot of heart' in Emmanuel Sanchez

  • a day ago
  • 4 views

Bellator featherweight Georgi Karakhanyan may have faced some higher profile names in his 33-fight pro record than upcoming opponent Emmanuel Sanchez, but that doesn’t make him any less focused.Filed read news >>

Oh, just your average interview with Bellator 170's Chael Sonnen – with one small exception

  • a day ago
  • 36 views

In case you haven’t noticed, Chael Sonnen likes to poke fun at the dreadfully self-serious Tito Ortiz. Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News, Videos read news >>

Hisaki Kato Looking to Knock Ralek Gracie Out at Bellator 170 | MMAWeekly.com

  • a day ago
  • 2 views

On Friday in Inglewood, Calif., Hisaki Kato will take on Ralek Gracie in a main card 185-pound bout at Bellator 170. read news >>

Video: Why Gabriel Green is worth watching on Saturday's Bellator 170 prelims

  • a day ago
  • 6 views

Saturday’s Bellator 170 preliminary card has a couple dozen fighters, ranging from young upstarts to proven vets. So why is young undefeated welterweight Gabriel Green worth watching?Filed under: Bel read news >>